A Brief History and Indian Origin Of Goatrance, Now Known As Psytrance

A Brief History and Indian Origin Of Goatrance, Now Known As Psytrance

Psytrance music is considered simply one of the best music genre to dance to. It is faster, more intense, more powerful and really strong.

It’s made with repetitive beats with a constant baseline. It stimulates the neurological pathways, tickles the endorphins to come alive due to its hypnotic groove.

On the dance floor it’s all about energy, joy and bliss and the people sharing it as a cosmic experience.

The music is favourably played at natural settings such as the mountains and beaches to reconnect with nature.

When you dance to the music, you get a little overtaken by it. Then you start moving your body spontaneously and then the body takes over. Finally when you are dancing too hard you are able to spend some time outside your mind and that is the beauty of it. That is indeed a trance-state experience and that is truly active meditation.

This kind of an experience goes back to the cave man, banging bones on bones, dancing around fire and going in a trance like state under the moon and the stars.

People are still doing it in the 21st century.

Psytrance has a spiritual appeal to it; it forms a community of love and respect. It is less violent, less negative and advocates connection and unification.

It makes everyone think and wake up.

It leads to a creative life emerging from a new form of a spiritual culture

It is believed that the influence would endow people with intricate realizations of the world and its way of existence along with making us aware of the untouched parts of the brain and how it can be restructured.

Psytrance first emerged in Goa, India by the name of Goatrance. It was taken up by artists like Goa Gil and Raja Ram who spent their primary time playing their sets on the Goa party scenes back in the 1970’s.

Goatrance emerged as a combination of psychedelic rock and acid house coming under the EDM banner later.

Its roots go back to the hippies in New York who undertook the counter-culture movement and then the psychedelia movement claiming to be on a voyage of ending the conflicts between the two super-powers and ending the unequal treatment of Africans and women of that time.

The psychedelic movement began in the 1960s. The influence of the psychedelic art was mostly manifested through rock concert posters and music festivals and later it moved to the digital era. The bands which represented their concerts through these posters include The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix , The Beetles and many more.

In the 1960s the American youth got repulsive of the conservative political and cultural norms. There was deep dissatisfaction among the American youth against the government due to The Vietnam War. As North Vietnam wanted to bring the South Vietnam under its area of influence U.S. opposed it having diplomatic relations with the South Vietnam. As a result, USSR initiated war against the U.S which remained a cold war and did not escalate into a hot war as both the sides realized the extensive lives of loss and property.

A large portion of the American youth started experimenting with LSD which was accidently discovered by the Swiss scientist Albert Hoffman and recognised the drug's potential for artists and poets. As a result artists of that time started taking LSD and experimenting with other psychedelic drugs.

The American youth wanted to break free from the society's ties and form a new way of culture which later came to be known as the Counter Culture.

The artists and poets saw the drugs potential as to alter the states of consciousness and generate inner creativity and give it expression.

These artist were primarily influenced by other art movements which include The Surrealist Art movement, Art Nouveau, Victorian Art and Pop Art.

As these movements were giving a way to the formation of a new culture it also increased the number of music festivals and rock concerts at that time engaging the psychedelic artists into the making and creating of posters for these rock band's Concerts and other music festivals.

The artists also got influenced by Eastern Religions and Philosophies. Beatrik poets and writers recognized the importance of psychedelics as sacred medicines in the Native American Culture.

Between the 1960s and 1970s Psychedelia emerged which was a new movement generated from the Counter Culture and had considerable importance in film , music , interior and graphic design and fashion.

These posters were the most famous in San Francisco Haight-Ashbury posters. These posters were made due to the presence of two major dance rooms that were the Avalon Ballroom and the Fillmore Auditorium. Although there were other psychedelic poster artists in UK and New York creating some beautiful works but the posters in San Francisco had a beauty of its own. The main artists who were catering to the foundation of these posters and a new movement altogether included Wes Wilson, Stanley Miller, Victor Moscoso and Alton kelley. Op art also emerged and became popular in this period because it worked a lot in the manifestations of the psychedelic art.

References used for the development of these art in terms ideas came from various ancient traditional religions , beliefs and philosophies such as the Tibetan and the Indian Art.

Oscar Janiger, a psychiatrist conducted an experiment in which he got 50 artists to take LSD and draw any life event after taking LSD and before taking it. After both the drawings were completed Oscar Janiger and other artists observed that LSD had increased and intensified their creativity. This led to a widespread belief that LSD could act as a tool to increase one's creativity.


The young Americans were deeply concerned about the ways of the government recruiting millions of young Americans to go and die in the Vietnam War.

The movement played a major role in empowering the Africans, women and even gay people to attain equal rights.

The other journey that they were on which inspired millions of Americans to drop out of their schools and colleges and challenge the governments ways was of a journey of self-discovery and liberating one’s own mind from the fixed notions of a good society.

People were deeply influenced by Eastern philosophies and began studying and researching about it. Many of its aspects were taken up by the counter culture and the artists started using symbols and motifs in the art works of the famous artists of that time.

This was also the time when Music became extremely important as the youth started unifying through music leading to massive concerts being held. The most famous concert of that time was the Woodstock festival.

The concerts and the music served as a tool for the formation of the counter culture with rejected all notions of the society and sought to promote an alternative culture and a way of life.

But after the Woodstock festival things began to change, As the population increased there were fights within the people, People were homeless doing odd jobs to survive.

The movement with its approach went too ahead which led to the disintegration of the counter culture.

People abandoning their workplaces served as the core problem. People abandoned their homes as well rendering them homeless.

As strict laws were imposed by the U.S. government many of the hippies came to Goa as it served as a place for low cost of living, the locals were friendly, the hippies were inspired by the spiritual and religious practices and moreover the beaches served as a natural setting.

There were artists that migrated to Goa initially playing psychedelic rock at the Goa parties. Later people began experimenting with edm as well leading to the formation of a new genre called the GoaTrance.

Later Goatrance became popular leading to the formation of psychedelic trance which was essentially like Goatrance having repetitive beats but comparatively it was less melodious and more progressive.

Today Psytrance and the parties are seen as a crucial example of what happened back in the 1960’s.

 Fragmented parts of the counter culture still remains which are manifested through the massive festival concerts being held in different countries.

The counter culture payed a price for its excesses.

The very famous quote by Timothy Leary during the counter culture was ‘Turn on, tune in and drop out’, which essentially meant that the young Americans should feel empowered. Empowered enough to make a change to mend the government ways.

The drop out part played a major role in the breaking of the counter culture. The drop out part led to the rejection of the society instead of being in it and then changing it.

Psychedelics have become more mainstream in recent years because it leads to the emergence of a culture that is backed by art and music festivals.


Artists like electronic musicians and visionary artists are completely engulfed into these festival movements that embrace self-expression, environmental awareness, indigenous wisdom, and the transformative power of psychedelics.


Till the 90’s Psytrance concerts were majorly an underground phenomenon but it was already flourishing in Goa, Russia, Australia, USA, Amsterdam, South America, Canada, and other countries.

The music kicked in officially when the Burning Man festival which was essentially an art festival started witnessing Psytrance party scenes. This was just the starting as the burning man got official many other movements in different parts of the world emerged with their own festivals , art and apparels.

In 1998, Shpongle was the headliner there at the Community Dance, which was the main stage on the night of the burn. Psytrance became faster and harder, [but] people wanted something more chill, so then came psyambient, which was a downtempo version of psytrance but much slower and deeper. Then came psydub and psychill, which was similar to psyambient, but had a dub feel with subsonic bass that rattled your ribcage. As music changes and grows, so does the culture and festivals.

Psychedelic music, art, and culture is on the rise because of these festivals.

Fans of festival culture will often be quick to point out the benefits that psychedelics have for awakening people to their full potential and plugging them into community, self-expression, environmental awareness, and consciousness expansion. But there’s a dark side to psychedelic use, too, particularly when people buy drugs that are mixed or substituted with harmful alternate chemicals, or when people get in over their heads without proper set, setting, and support.

One of the gifts that psychedelics often bestow to people is a greater sense of empathy for others. 

We are entering a new era similar to the late 60s, with psychedelics going mainstream. You can see this with Silicon Valley and dot-coms featured in recent articles talking about [using] psychedelics [to] “think outside of the box.” There’s also recent research that’s been allowed by the government to have trials with psychedelics for PTSD and depression. I think all of this recent interest started with festival culture and can be traced back to the music and the need for a place for people to come together.

Hereby we disclose the best and the most groovy Psytrance of the century. The link and the list has been provided by :- https://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_dance-tran.html


  1. The Age of Love (Jam & Spoon's Watch Out For Stella remix)- Age of Love
    2. We Came in Peace - Dance 2 Trance
    3. Acperience - Hardfloor
    4. Café Del Mar (Three N One remix) - Energy 52
    5. For An Angel (Angel in Heaven) (PVD's E-Werk remix) - Paul Van Dyk
    6. Stella - Jam & Spoon
    7. Mahadeva - Astral Projection
    8. Children (Dream version) - Robert Miles
    9. 1998 (Paul Van Dyk remix) - Binary Finary
    10. The First Rebirth - Jones & Stephenson
    11. Loops and Tings - Jens
    12. Schoneberg (Marmion remix) - Marmion
    13. The House of House - Cherry Moon Trax
    14. Dreams - Quench
    15. Love Stimulation (PVD remix) - Paul Van Dyk pres. Humate
    16. Two Full Moons and a Trout (Exclusive 14 remix) - Union Jack
    17. LSD - Hallucinogen
    18. Beachball - Nalin & Kane
    19. Offshore - Chicane with Power Circle
    20. Flaming June (B.T. and PVD remix) - B.T.
    21. The Orange Theme - Cygnus X
    22. Are Am Eye - Commander Tom
    23. Calling Earth - Yves Deruyter
    24. Out-of-Body Experience - Rabbit in the Moon
    25. How Much Can You Take? - Visions of Shiva
    26. Camargue - C.J. Bolland
    27. Pulverturm - Neils Van Gogh
    28. Hello San Francisco - Dance 2 Trance
    29. Superstring (Rank 1 remix) - Cygnus X
    30. Madagasca (Ferry Corsten remix) - Art of Trance
    31. Sandstorm - DaRude
    32. 9 PM (Till I Come) - ATB
    33. Not Over Yet (original, '99) - Planet Perfecto pres. Grace
    34. Silence (DJ Tiesto in Search of Sunrise remix) - Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan
    35. Amphetamine - Drax Ltd.
    36. Lost In Love - Legend B.
    37. It's Our Future - AWEX
    38. Acid Phase - Emmanuel Top
    39. Techno-Trance - D-Shake
    40. Turkish Bazaar - Emmanuel Top
    41. L'Esperanza - Sven Vath
    42. Loops Of Infinity (Contemplative) (Arpeggiators remix) - Cosmic Baby
    43. No Fate - Zyon
    44. Saltwater (Tomski vs Disco Citizens remix) - Chicane feat. Maire Brennan of Clannad
    45. Ready to Flow - Nikolai
    46. Synaesthesia (Fly Away) - Thrillseekers feat. Sheryl Deane
    47. Barber's Adagio for Strings (Ferry Corsten remix) - William Orbit
    48. Universal Nation (The Real Anthem) - Push
    49. Anomaly...Calling Your Name (Granny's Epicure remix) - Libra Pres. Taylor
    50. Kernkraft 400 (EP version) - Zombie Nation
    51. Meet Her At the Love Parade - Da Hool
    52. Seven Days and One Week - B.B.E.
    53. Greece 2000 - Three Drives on a Vinyl
    54. Toca's Miracle - Fragma
    55. Out of the Blue - System F
    56. El Nino - Agnelli & Nelson
    57. Gouryella - Gouryella
    58. Everytime (Nalin & Kane remix) - Lustral
    59. Ayla (Part I, Part II) - Ayla
    60. Carte Blanche - Vera Cocha
    61. Liberation (Temptation - Fly Like An Eagle) - Matt Darey pres. Mash-Up feat. Marcella Woods
    62. Encore Une Fois! (Future Breeze remix) - Sash!
    63. Invisible (Lost Tribe remix) - Tilt
    64. Everyday (Lange remix) - Agnelli & Nelson
    65. Nightmare (Sinister Strings rmix) - Brainbug
    66. Waterfall - Atlantic Ocean
    67. Xpander - Sasha
    68. 10 in 01 (PVD's Only remix) - Members of Mayday
    69. Gamemaster - Lost Tribe
    70. The Silence - Mike Koglin
    71. Cream (Paul Van Dyk remix) - Blank & Jones
    72. Das Glockenspiel - Schiller
    73. Heaven Scent - Bedrock
    74. Airwave (Breathing (Rank 1 vs Dutch Force remix) - Rank 1
    75. Seven Cities (Solar Stone's Atlantis remix) - Solar Stone
    76. Suburban Train - DJ Tiesto
    77. Psycho - Infected Mushroom
    78. Follow Me - Jam & Spoon
    79. Teleport - Man with No Name
    80. Instant Moments - R.O.O.S.
    81. Sonic Empire - Members of Mayday
    82. Blue Fear - Armin
    83. Finished Symphony (Hybrid's Echoplex remix) - Hybrid
    84. Komodo (Save a Soul) - Mauro Picotto
    85. Someone - Ascension
    86. Rez - Underworld
    87. Vernons Wonderland - Vernon
    88. Paraglide - Paragliders
    89. The Meltdown (Pascal F.E.O.S. remix) - Lunatic Asylum
    90. Cybertrance - Blue Alphabet
    91. Dream Universe - CM
    92. Double Dragons - Doof
    93. Kinetic - Golden Girls
    94. Fragile - LSG
    95. Right in the Night (Fall in Love with Music) - Jam & Spoon
    96. X-File - Chakra & Edi Mis
    97. Don't Give Up - Chicane feat. Bryan Adams
    98. The Awakening - York
    99. Southern Sun - Paul Oakenfold
    100. Touch Me - Rui Da Silva feat. Cassandra

Some Of the Tune I love the Most Are The Following:-

Ritual of Life - Sven Vath
Easter Island - Art of Trance
Access - DJ Misjah & DJ Tim
Be As One - Sasha & Maria Nayler
Narcotic Influence - Empirion
Hymn - Moby
Acid Killer - Infected Mushroom
Human - Resistance D.
Aliens - Total Eclipse
Symmetry C - Brainchild
Positron - Cygnus X
Samurai - Juno Reactor
Workstation - DJ Looney Tune
Cowgirl - Underworld
Tell Me Why - Paul Van Dyk feat. Saint Etienne
Last Train to Lhasa - Banco De Gaia
Obsession - Fuzzy Logic
It's a Fine Day - Opus III
Open Your Mind - Usura
Red Herring - Union Jack
Voyage - Yahel & Eyal Barkan
Supernova - Transa
Dreaming (DJ Tiesto remix) - B.T. feat. Kirsty Hawkshaw
Halcyon and On and On - Orbital
Reincarnation - Country & Western
Sweet Dreams for Kaa - Cosmic Baby
Fly Away (Thrillseekers remix) - Vincent De Moor pres. Emerald
Hale Bopp - Der Dritte Raum
Dimension (Voices of Reason remix) - Salt Tank
Neuro '99 - X Cabs
Aira Force (Lemon 8 remix) - Arrakis
Air - Albion
Exploration of Space - Cosmic Gate
Atlantis - DJ Taucher
Wave Speech - Peter Lazonby
Floor-Essence - Man with No Name
Transformation - Transform
Let There Be House - Cherry Moon Trax
The Milky Way - Aurora Borealis
Divine Moments of Truth - Shpongle
Together (Phase I) - Talla 2XLC vs Taucher
Bellisima - DJ Quicksilver
Happiness Happening (Lange remix) - Lost Witness
Join Me - Lightforce
Wide Eyed Angel (Inversion remix) - Origin
Escape (original, 2000) - Kay Cee
Eternity (Armin Van Buuren/DJ Tiesto's Rising Star remix) - Armin Van Buuren pres. Alibi
Godspeed - B.T.
Prologue (The Carl Cox/Paul Van Dyk remix) - Tenth Chapter
The Chain - Breeder
Born Slippy Nuxx (2003) (Paul Oakenfold remix) - Underworld
Summersault - Taste Experience
Resurrection - P.P.K.
Reincarnations - Steve Morley
Ubik (The Dance) (original instrumental) - Timo Maas
And She Does - Quivver
Inner Laugh - Roland Klinkenberg
Perception - Cass & Slide
Tomorrow (Lange remix) - DuMonde
Perfect Day - Visions of Shiva
Hydrophonix - Cybernaut
The Baguio Track - Luzon
Bulgarian (Signum remix) - Travel
We Came - Vimana
Space Manouvres - Stage One
Follow Me '97 - Space Frog
These Days - Petter
Nothing (93 Returning remix) - James Holden
Mantra - CJ Bolland
Parasight - Balil
Seaside Atmosphere - Stef, Pako, & Frederick
Time to Burn - Storm
Floating - Terra Ferma
Heaven's Earth (Matt Darey remix) - Delerium
Sparkles (Transa remix) - DJ Tiesto
Lethal Industry - DJ Tiesto
Purple (Sasha vs The Light remix) - Gus Gus
The Gift - Way Out West feat. Joanna Law
Sunchyme (remapped by Coloured Oxygen) - Dario G
And Then the Rain Falls - Blue Amazon
What Ya Got 4 Me? - Signum
Amorph - Spicelab
I Trance You (Pappa & Gilbey remix) - Gypsy
Karma - Tarantella
Waves (E-Mission remix) - Redanka
My Name Is Barbarella - Barbarella
Shamanix - Hallucinogen
Stringer (Who Do You Love Now?) - Riva with Dannii Minogue
The Wave (DJ Taucher remix) - Sosa
A Night Out - Moogwai
Communication - Armin
Touch Me (Rising Star remix) - Armin Van Buuren pres. Rising Star
Bleckentrommel - Tiesto, Storm, & Montana
Transcend - Cascade
Deadline - Dutch Force
Did You Hear Me? (Phase II remix) - Red Light District
Close Cover - Minimalistix
Time - The Dream Traveler
Kabalah - Astral Projection feat. DJ Jorg
North Pole - Solid Globe
Requiem for a Dream - Leama
Afterglow - Cosmosis
Animals - Yves Deruyter
Angelfalls (Elemental Force remix) - Ayla
Silence - DJ Tomcraft
You Won't See Me Cry (Deepsky's Desert Farewell remix) - Markus Schulz
Beautiful Things (Gabriel & Dresden Unplugged remix) - Andain
Wide Open Space (Perfecto mix) - Mansun
Your Spirit is Shining (Frank-E & Mars remix) - Pulsedriver
I Believe - Lange feat. The Morrighan
Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? (Ferry Corsten remix) - Moby
The Silmarillia - Carlos
Mama Konda - Orinoco
Dance for Eternity - Kai Tracid
Water - Fathers of Sound
Bassfly - Tillman & Ries
FlooR.I.D.A. - Rabbit in the Moon
Kneuddelmaus - Ulrich Schnauss
Beautiful Day - Hypertrophy
Walhalla - Gouryella
Simulated - Marco V
Vicious Circles (Union Jack remix) - Poltergeist
Maximum Overdrive - M.O.R.P.H.
As the Rush Comes (Gabriel & Dresden Sweeping Strings mix) - Motorcycle
Burned With Desire - Armin Van Buuren feat. Justine Suissa
Ghosts (Original, Vincent De Moor remix) - Tenth Planet
Mistral - GTR
X-Santo - DJ Jan
Sacred (The Sunrise remix) - Sander Kleinenberg
Learning to Fly (Mistral remix) - Mother's Pride
Twisted - Svenson & Gielen
Hope - Illuminatus
Forbidden Fruit (East of Eden remix) - Paul Van Dyk.


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